It had been five years since my previous visit to Delhi, India.
The New Delhi airport was looking kind of same, but the air outside was different. I realized the foggy sceneries which I had wondered in the recent hindi film Rajma Chawal from 2018 had actually been the real Delhi. And then I remembered the video I had seen in Twitter last winter, where the winter fog in Delhi had once been so bad that cars were crashing to each other.
Luckily this time the Delhi winter fog and smog were not that bad. Though later on my continuing flight from Delhi was delayed with couple of hours. The reason being the fog only.
Otherwise in January Delhi was chilling cold and warm clothes and winter jackets were needed. I found Christmas decoration like Christmas tree and reindeers with the sledge by the road to the airport. What a nice way to greet the tourist and cheer up the landscape!
Since I was travelling early morning, no traffic jams were met. Most of the motorcycle and scooter drivers were wearing helmets for their protection, but many passengers were still lacking those.
The stadium building in Delhi was a new sight to me. Find the stadium, the good old rickshaws and other means of public transport together with some chilly Delhi winter scenes from January 2019 with the fog and smog here in this video, and subscribe INDIVUE for more travel and art to come!
Last week I had the joy and honor to experience the Incredible India Road Show in Helsinki, Finland and update my knowledge about the travel destinations and other travel related issues concerning India.
After 13 years of blogging in Finnish and in English, especially about Goa, India and the Indian art and culture and Bollywood, I was happy to hear that there is a huge growth in India with tourist arrivals from Nordic countries.
It was told that travelling to India is becoming easier: There is now E-visa for 166 countries with 60 days validity and some single entries can be converted to double/triple entries and extending E-visa is also possible for various segments like tourist, medical and business.
And nowadays India has also got some tourist friendly initiatives like 24/7 toll free multilingual tourist helpline and India is also a Wi-Fi enabled tourist destination in railway stations and airports.
Delhi, being the capital of India, is one of its fastest growing cities and from Delhi you can get almost anywhere in India, by road, air and railways.
Delhi itself is divided into two, the new and the old Delhi, and you can see the remains of seven important capitals there, like Shahjahanabad and Qutub Minar, on which the modern day Delhi is built.
Here’s a glimpse of Indian traffic in Delhi going smoothly during a rush hour.
After watching this video, more YouTube videos will follow. You might also be interested in other Indivue videos about India – they are authentic scenes with authentic sounds from all around India – find it in The Real India Short Cut
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Though I’m such a great fan of Hindi cinema, I need to tell you, that there are also some good movies made in West, which were shot in India.
Those movies, which were shot in India totally or partially, were not all made in Hollywood. Here’s a list of them good Western movies, and many of them have starred review by Indivue.
GOOD WESTERN MOVIES SHOT IN INDIA
Slumdog Millionaire (2008), *****
One of the best movies is of course the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire (2008) directed by Danny Boyle and starring Dev Patel and Freida Pinto, with also Anil Kapoor and Irrfan Khan, familiar from Bollywood films.
Another beautiful masterpiece starring Dev Patel was the movie The man who knew infinity (2015) by Matthew Brown. The movie tells the story of the Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramajunan from the state of Tamil Nadu in India.
Judi Dench was also recently starring the British movie Victoria & Abdul. This movie is said to be telling the real story of the real-life relationship between Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and her Indian Muslim servant Munshi. The film was visually attractive and got for stars out of five from Indivue.
The whole movie soundtrack can be found from Apple Music -service:
Life of Pi (2012), *****
The American movie Life of Pi was a five star film telling the story of an Indian man Pi, who survives a huge storm in the sea but loses his family in that. Very touching five star drama directed by Ang Lee and with Bollywood stars like Tabu, Irrfan Khan and Adil Hussain in the main roles. This movie had many beautiful and visually impressive scenes from Puducherry, India.
Lion is an Australian movie and it shot beautifully. It is starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman among brilliant child actors. The movie, based on a true story, is guaranteed to make you cry. Very much recommendable though.
Eat, Pray, Love was a light American drama starring Julia Roberts, and part of the film was shot in India. Though it was not the best of Julia Roberts’ movies, Eat, Pray, Love was worth seeing at least in a movie theatre. It got three stars out of five from Indivue.
and listen the original movie soundtrack in Apple Music -service
The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014), *** ½
The movie Hundred-Foot Journey, directed by Lasse Hallström, has got stars like Helen Mirren and Om Puri. It tells a visually nice story about an Indian cook starting a restaurant in Paris, and the difficulties he will face.
The movie The Namesake is a beautiful and stylish Indian-American movie directed by Mira Nair and based on the novel by Jhumpa Lahiri. The film has got stars like Irrfan Khan and Tabu, whom are well known from Bollywood films.
Mira Nair has made also several other good movies. Other good movies from Nair are Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1997) and Monsoon Wedding (2001). Monsoon wedding can also be found from iTunes, at least in America: *Monsoon Wedding – Mira Nair
Viceroy’s House (2017), ****
The movie called Viceroy’s House is a recent impressive historical drama. It tells about how British India was divided, back in 1947. The film is directed by Gurinder Chadha (Bride and Prejudice). The music is by A.R.Rahman. Gillian Anderson (X-files) portrays credibly the Viceroy’s wife in this film.
Most of the movies mentioned here, can be easily found from iTunes, at least in America. Their trailers can also be mostly found from the links provided. (Apple, Apple Music and iTunes are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.)
Today let me introduce to you a video titled 12 ways to travel in India.
It took some ten years to shoot this video. The reason being that the scenes are from various parts of India: East, North and West of India, and I was actually living in Finland most of the time. The distance between India and Finland is some 6000 kilometers. But here it is now – 12 ways to travel in India, in just two minutes – a video inspiring and encouraging other travellers to try the Indian train, camel, horse, scooter, airplane, bicycle rickshaw and what else – see it for yourself!
See also the India video collection, the videos of which will tell you about the real India the way I saw it, heard it, experienced it, and subscribe Indivue YouTube-channel for more updates to come! You will find plenty of videos especially from North and Central Goa and South Goa as well.
Qtub Minar in one of the most visually interesting sights in Delhi, India, and one of them 36 UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in India.
Here in this video you will see a peak of Qtub Minar and the surroundings and hear the real birds sing in India back in 2007, when I was there getting to know this sight with my camera and through photography. You’re most likely to see several more recent videos of Qtub Minar after you watch this short video of mine, so it’s worth taking a look!
In case you wish to see also other videos from India, find them from this Indivue video collection from India – It consists of short videos which are authentic scenes with authentic sounds from all around India. You will find other UNESCO Worlds Heritage Sites from India there as well, like Fatehpur Sikri.
My digital painting inspired by Qtub Minar can be seen in this Instagram post below, if your browser supports that feature.
Hashtags there will open you an almost up-to-date photogallery of this same subject, so enjoy your visual adventure –
If you’re interested in having this Qtub Minar digital painting you can inquire about it here: INDIVUE!
Qtub Minar on yksi Intian Delhin visuaalisesti mielenkiintoisimmista nähtävyyksistä ja yksi 36 UNESCO:n maailmanperintökohteesta Intiassa. Oheisella videolla osa Qutub Minar -nähtävyyttä ja Qtub Minarista voit lukea lisää suomeksi oheisesta linkistä.
Lotus Temple in said to be one of the most visited sights in Delhi and the whole of India.
Here in this video you can see and hear people coming and going to the Lotus Temple, the architecture of which was inspired by the beautiful lotus flower itself. This video was made back in 2007, at a time, when the consumer friendly digitalcameras were still in children’s shoes, like the saying goes.
After watching this short video of Lotus Temple, you will get to see more recent videos about Lotus Temple, so just press play.
You might also be interested in seeing other videos from India – Find them from Indivue video collection from India – Those videos are authentic scenes with authentic sounds from all around India. No playbacks.
Lotus temppeli on yksi eniten kävijöitä keräävistä nähtävyyksistä Intian Delhissä. Oheinen lyhytvideo on kuvattu Lotus-temppeliä ympäröivästä puistossa ja se toimii sisäänheittäjänä muihin Lotus-temppelistä kertoviin videoihin YouTubessa. Lue artikkeli Lotus-temppelistä suomeksi täällä!
India is a huge country, consisting of 29 states and 7 union territories.
So far I’ve visited some ten of them states of India, and it is really a fascinating dream to think of travelling and experiencing all of them Indian states and photograph them.
And no, I would not call it an unrealistic dream, since it was possible to see all the Goan beaches as well, as you can read from the linked article.
But since travelling all around India would be taking so much time and money, as well as lots of arrangements and courage, I decided, for the time being, to collect an instaimage gallery of all the states of India in order to have a quick look at them through the eyes of those who have already been there or are there at the moment, instagramming.
That will make a nice visual adventure to India, so do check the links below and get yourself an instant experience of all the Indian states and union territories. Something unexpectable might also be meeting your eyes. – Otherwise, why would they call it an incredible India.
So do stay tuned for more Indivue art and travel tips to come, from India, Europe, and hopefully later, the rest of the world!
In the photomontage below you can see some of the famous sights in New Delhi like what the Indiagate looks like in the daylight or in the evening, or for example, how do the facades of Red Fort, Lotus Temple, Humayun’s Tomb,Qutub Minar and Swaminarayan Akshardham look like, or the entrance of Dilli Haat.
Indiagate, Lotus Temple, Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar are very photogenic sights for which it is good to reserve time well enough to look around and also wear good walking shoes.
I could also add the Hauz Khas Village, where I must say you need to be careful with your photography, because some boutique owners there do not allow photos to be taken, where as Swaminarayan Akshardham is a place where photography is totally forbidden. Swaminarayan Akshardham tells about the history of Hindus in an aesthetically appealing way, and is really a place worth visiting in Delhi.
National museum in New Delhi tells about the history of India with archeological findings and art handicrafts. Photography was allowed when I visited. Crafts Museum is a lighter version of Indian handicrafts in a museum, presenting really awesome works, and there’s also a nice restaurant by it, making unique Indian food worth mentioning.
Dilli Haat presents also Indian art and handicrafts in addition to food from all of the states in India, which makes it a very special sight to be seen in New Delhi.
For brandshoppers the Connaught Place in the centre of New Delhi is the place not to be missed and the real shopping heaven is the shopping mall DLF Promenade in Vasant Kunj.